Specializing in satay at the Bali Arts Center

by Anggara Mahendra on 2013-06-28

Melting pot: Snail meat satay is grilled alongside pork and chicken satay.Melting pot: Snail meat satay is grilled alongside pork and chicken satay.

Satay is a favorite dish in Bali and elsewhere in Indonesia.

During the one-month Bali Arts festival at the Bali Arts Center, visitors can try different types of satay. Located next to the Ayodya open stage, Pondok Sate (Satay House) gives visitors the rare experience of having dinner while enjoying the beauty of the center’s landscape and a series of art performances there.

Slow meal: A portion of snail meat satay with rice cake, grilled nut sauce and spicy sambal.Slow meal: A portion of snail meat satay with rice cake, grilled nut sauce and spicy sambal.

You can order kakul satay (grilled snail meat), pork satay, chicken satay, seafood satay, mushroom satay or lizard satay. Komang Sugiantara, owner of Pondok Sate, proudly said his kakul satay was special.

“I have to clean the snail meat 20 times to make it soft, and clean up the fishy smell,” he said.

Good day: The stall’s owner Komang Sugiantara bestows a smile upon the establishment’s customers.Good day: The stall’s owner Komang Sugiantara bestows a smile upon the establishment’s customers. One portion of kakul satay is sold at only Rp 10,000 (US$1). You can eat the satay with peanut sauce and tipat (steamed rice wrapped with young coconut leaves). For those who suffer from skin diseases, consuming lizard satay is believed to be able to cure such ailments. One portion of lizard satay is offered at only Rp 15,000.

Sugiantara has a food stall on Jl. Bedugul in Denpasar. He has been selling satay for five years. At the Bali Arts Festival, Sugiantara sells at least 10 kilograms of kakul satay excluding other satay.

Delivery: A waitress carries an order to a hungry customer.Delivery: A waitress carries an order to a hungry customer.

Sugiantara said his Pondok Sate was one of the most popular food stalls at the venue. “It’s a one stop shop for satay,” he said.

- Photos by Anggara Mahendra

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